American Telephone and Telegraph Co. (AT&T), Bell System
telephone company film about history; historical recreation (1877) of the use of one of the earliest telephones in an Eastern town. 1885 - Long Distance Begins -- Maps with blinking lights show how cities across the countries became hooked into the telephone network. introduction of a variety of telephone equipment -- loaded coils, vacuum tubes used as amplifiers or repeaters; many varieties of vacuum tubes shown; 1915 -- The continent spanned with first transcontinental call; historic telephone calls across the continent and overseas between U.S. and foreign presidents noted; globes shown with tracings of various telephone networks indicated; shots: domestic servant in maid's outfit; answers phone,
• 4:47:02- 5:03:07 Great shot of a repeater station where telephone vacuums are stored. There's a V-shaped wipe to telephone polls. The telephone polls are in the middle of the V, and we see the sides of the repeater station to the sides of it.
• 7:44:50- 7:51:30 Beautiful black and white graphics over an old globe. The globe spins, and white lightning-shaped lines come out of the U.S. and extend east. "1935" comes over the globe at the end of the clip. Early virtual landscape.
January 24, 2017 Subject:
Look how far we;ve come!
Quite a suprisingly engaging short about the life of the telephone. from 1917 to around 1935. Even though this contraption wasnt 20 years old yet, the device did moderns in communications (oh yeah, it still is). Featuring a historical timeline from 1917, when a youngish couple try out one of the first telephones to call across the street, to the same couple getting a call years later from Japan (!!) the film has great historical signposts, utilizing great animation and an amazing score. Really worth your while and is highly reccomended.